As long as the relationship between Russia and "the West" continues to be confrontational, the urgent task will be to stabilize and manage the confrontation. Over the mid- to long-term, NATO and Russia must initiate a serious and open dialogue about the two core issues at stake – the freedom and sovereignty of states to seek alliance membership and the Russian interest of maintaining a sphere of influence over its “near abroad.” A well-prepared conference – akin to the 1975 Helsinki Summit, with various preceding rounds of consultations at ambassadorial level, and including the nonaligned states in Europe – might be a way to kick-start the discussion. In their latest article, Ulrich Kühn, Shatabhisha Shetty and Polina Sinovets are addressing various steps for mitigating the challenges between Russia and "the West". Click here...